No really, seriously??
Okay, I need advise in a BIG way!
Back story: You see, we have this coffee table (see pic below). It *was* once strategically placed in the middle of our living room; comfortably spaced between our 2 couches and chair and ottoman. It *had* three pretty ceramic candle sticks staggered in the middle with ivory candles on top. I *used* to burn those pretty little candles when guests *would* come over! My picture albums and gossip mags *were* underneath for a quick glance or read.
That same coffee table is pushed up against my fireplace in an effort to protect our 1 year old twin boys from the fireplace cover that is unsecured and about 30+ pounds. Those pretty ceramic candlesticks are high up on my mantel away from sticky fingers. The books/magazines were replaced with puzzles and scattered puzzle pieces. The top of the coffee table has battle wounds from Jack banging his toys on it. Yes, it is a sight for sore eyes.
I know what you are thinking. Yes, I agree, the coffee table should simply be removed from our home.
But, here is my problem. The fireplace cover. It is unsecured. I know, I know. Secure it. Problem solved. Well, I am told I can't. My husband thinks he is the only one that can do it. However, he has come home 2 or 3 multiple times with a hardware bag full of materials to fix the problem yet the problem has not been fixed! I am not even positive he has really even attempted to fix it. I think he uses this as an excuse to escape the madness of a Saturday at home with two one year olds! Believe me, I have my own excuses! I digress...
Back to my "other problem".
So, now I have this banged up coffee table pushed up against the unsecured fireplace cover. It was going well until.......the boys learned to CLIMB! Now I am constantly pulling them down. Honestly, today was not a good day. I resorted to a spanking and multiple time outs. Which did NOTHING. This resulted in us (me) having some alone time while the boys listened unhappily to music in their cribs because I thought I might actually lose it. I know that spanking is just not the solution.
Well, tonight I decided to do my research. The modern way, WWW!
No, not for how to secure a fireplace cover, but in an attempt to wait for my husband to fix it, how to discipline and teach a toddler to stay off the furniture.
I was so excited when I stumbled upon a site that seemed like it would help. It lured me in by proclaiming there were just three easy steps to keeping toddlers off of furniture. Well, my excitement quickly ceased because this is what it read: